You are Royal

royall Getting dressed for a wedding, my four year old insisted I wear a bigger pair of earrings, a necklace and lipstick. I do wear all these things occasionally, but rarely at the same time. He insisted on me wearing his choice of earrings, and when I asked him why, his answer was simple, “so you can look like a princess mommy” I obliged, and he told anyone who cared to listen, how his mommy was a princess!

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

I know that it’s not the outward adornment that makes me royalty; but rather the inward adornment that comes from me embracing the finished work of Christ at cross on Calvary.  When a member of the royal family is about to marry a ‘commoner’ – one who is not of noble rank, there may be much anticipation and anxiety. It is no wonder that Prophet Samuel explained to the people of Isreal the behaviour of royalty [1 Sam 10:25].  There is a certain way of behaviour that is required and expected when you now become part of royalty.

Rarely do you find any of the royals walking around with crowns or any outward adornment to suggest so but the way they carry themselves leaves you no doubt that they are. They know who they how much power they command at their disposal and go fourth to exercise it. Imagine the things at the disposal of royalty; now think about yourself and what the Lord places at our feet! The authority to subdue, to have dominion… wow!

The keys to the kingdom are at our disposal, you and I know the mandate of the King, we know His heart’s desire for the world to be changed; to bring the kingdom down and to let His will reign in every space that we step in; that is to conquer and take those territories for His glory. Commoner turned Royal is what we became when we embraced Christ. I am with you always were the words He left the royals (you & me) and this is like having the royal signet – execute on behalf of the king. How then is it that you and I walk around like ‘commoners’?

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Prisoner set free

ppp Travelling back home, I saw prisoners being taken back to prison on a pick up after what seemed like a long day’s work on someone’s farm. We were right behind them as we drove and I tried to observe the expressions on their faces as if to sort of vaguely gauge what was in their minds! Some seemed to be in a hearty mood, others looked blank or expressionless, maybe some were figuring out a prison break for the nth time; it wasn’t easy to tell what was on the inside of their minds, one can only imagine it.

At one time in my life, I visited prison dedicatedly for a few months because I had a loved one incarcerated. Much as I was on the outside yet on the inside was ‘the prison’. I was so full of anger and so much bitterness, because of the injustice that had been served at my front door. I was a ‘prisoner’ visiting a prison!

A prisoner is;

  • A person who is or feels confined or trapped by a situation. – Google dictionary
  • Someone restrained as if in prison; a prisonerof her own conscience. –Merriam – Webster

Prison is a dark place to be. It may take the form anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, failure, lust, envy, out bursts … name it and often we feel so justified especially because we may have been victimised; it is at that moment you and I become captives! To be a prisoner of these vices is to refuse the freedom that is freely given through Christ Jesus!

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” Luke 4:18 [Bold mine]

That was the whole reason He came! To set you and me free from sin, failures, the anger or bitterness our heart that may have been caused by another person.

I thought some of those prisoners though in physical confinement, their inner man was no longer in ‘prison’ because they have embraced  Him who knew no sin to became sin for them and were living in the freedom of His righteousness; while others are living contrary – ‘prisoners’ of the mind and in physical confinement.

Yes of course many of us feel sorry for the prisoners whether they are guilty or not because of the unbearable conditions in prison. Do we ever pause to wonder whether to feel sorry for ourselves is also in order? You do not have to be physically confined to be in prison, and its not until you realise the prison of your  mind that you will start to desire to be set free.

Because we live in a fallen world, the door back into prison is a place every one of us will find ourselves, at every other turn; however the choice to walk in and close the door or not is with you.  When you find yourself at that place, call upon the name of the Lord.

Embrace His finished work to release you from the prison of your past, and that which has been caused by circumstances beyond your control.

He loves you that much!!!!!

Remove the Limitations!

limitations When I have met people after a really long time, they ask “where are you these days?” I often feel like answering” I’m here aren’t I?” Those who last say you in leading in a college fellowship a few years ago will ask “which church do you go to?” for fear of asking whether you are still a believer or not and after you mention the name of the church, the next question will follow, “what do you do at church? Nothing I say! They struggle in disbelief to elaborate their question in relation to the answer I have given. “What’s your title, position, as in what you do for God at church?” Of course if I wear my long two horned hat, I would say “warm the pews!”

Believers Are Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matt 5:13-15

I may not do anything at church by the standards of some people because that’s not what defines a believer or follower of Christ but the question will be “Am I seasoning and emitting warmth wherever I am as a believer?” Sunday is just one day in the week for doing, how about the other six days?

I am the church because Christ lives in me; He adds taste to my life and shines brightly; it is therefore the big mandate as a believer to go be salt and light in this world not only at the church gathering. The truth is that the world is getting uglier and just like the non-believer; we all have someone or something to blame but ourselves as believers. It is either that we are letting the world into us to choke the light and shunning the dark places where we can go shine or we have lost our saltiness. We should stop living as though Jesus is literally coming back tomorrow because our forefathers lived for those days and died waiting!

Therefore the church (you and me) should get into the economy, the parliament, politics, bidding processes, writing & publishing, reading, education, nursing, videography, business leading, CEO positions, justice, cleaning, retailing, policy making…… these things that are making the world look ugly, and allow the light of Christ to shine through us so as to influence for the Kingdom in these sectors with Biblical principles. Safe haven for many of us is Sunday where we are almost certain everyone knows Jesus, we are singing praises, and all going to heaven. However our hearts and attitudes should change to what God wants; His desire is for the church to shine that light in a way that makes people hungry for the Love of God.

People were drawn to Him because He is lived out in you so seize every opportunity in your area of influence to be the believer God has called the church (you and me) to be. This shouldn’t be restricted to Sunday but every day of your life in every area, till He returns or calls you home.

After you have verified that I still am a Christian, my thought is that I would ask me, what are you doing with the ‘church’? What are you doing as you to influence for the kingdom in the market place?

You Are Leading Me

leadership.jpg “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” 1 Cor 11: 1 

Paul would never have asked it of the brethren in Corinth, if it wasn’t important or if he didn’t think there was anyone watching. He urged that they imitate him even as he imitates Christ. We hear people say “do as I say but not as I do” how ironic!

As children we were mischievous and it sometimes warrantied my dad to administer the ‘rod of correction’ as he preferred to call it. However before administering it, depending on what you did he would ask “Have you ever seen me do that?” or “Have you ever heard me say that?” normally the answer was no; after which the administering would start.

Whatever people see us doing influences their thoughts much like what we see today. As a child continually sees you do or say a thing, they begin to accept and imitate it. So how on earth would you expect any difference if there is disparity between what you say and do? ‘To do’ should be to replicate Christ and ‘to say’ should also be to verbalise what He is saying in His word. The Fathers call to us is a high one; we must be seen and heard walking the line not staggering across it. With the desire to influence and make an impact, Christ has got be at the centre of all your being because beyond that, there is just the perfectly fallen man.

Whatever you set your heart to do, do it right by Christ; because you are leading someone(s) whether consciously or not. Those you and I are mentoring will imitate us and because they watch us they want to become like us. Aristotle says “You are what you repeatedly do.” So what will those who watch and imitate you and me be like?

The expectation of my father was to imitate him, so he did his best to model what his children should imitate.

“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” means that you are working towards making the necessary changes especially in areas that may be difficult for you and are causing you to sin. Those who imitate you will be imitating the very same flaws and sin in the same way. So yours and my desire should be that those we are looking up to and those we are leading emulate the character of Christ and live a life of godliness visible enough for those following us to emulate.

A leaf doesn’t fall far from that tree. If God be the tree then, your and my actions should also follow suit, so that those we are leading are able to “do as you do and say as you say”

Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God. 3 John 1:11

 I want to see Christ in us in everything you do because you are leading me.

It matters who is driving!

carss I come from a family with men that love cars and speed, as if to improve my situation further, I married a man whose passion for cars is an entire book waiting to be written! Until recently I’d been driving a Funcargo 1.3i 16V (86 Hp) Toyota brand car with a maximum speed of 165km/h, a small compact thing! Yes the one where if the driver is my height you can only see their top part of the head. My husband Barry drives a 2.0 (177 Hp) Subaru forester with a maximum speed of 180Km/h which people around us believe flies! He drove one of my sisters to pick up a fan for the equipment just a few minutes before Sunday garage started; she sweated even with the AC at maximum!

A couple of weeks back, we went to Ibanda town a distance of a little over 300 KM, approx. 5 hours of drive from Kampala give or take. Naturally I thought we’d use the Subaru after all it flies, considering also that it was way past our appointed time of departure. To my surprise, Barry decided we would use the funcargo! I thought we’d surely arrive the next day, given it was late, anyway just so you know; we made it before 2pm the slated time for burial. We left Ibanda after 3pm had a few stops but believe me by 7:30pm, Kyengera was behind me. As we drove back I kept updating a friend on where we were, and she said “yeah the Subaru is fast.” But we are in the Funcargo I responded now I am beginning to think it doesn’t matter the type car, what matters most is who is behind the wheel manning the accelerator.

It is quite common sense that you don’t put a motorcycle engine in a Subaru forester and expect the full performance of a Subaru, likewise you cannot feed junk into your spirit man and expect to live a victoriously abundant life. The spirit which alone is a fraction of my entire being (spirit, soul & body) needs to be empowered so as to accelerate the bigger portion which is the soul and body (constituting two thirds) to the things God has so richly given unto us through His son Jesus Christ. For anyone of us to experience the things God speaks about like; doing all things through Christ who gives me strength, receiving the things that pertain to life and godliness, physical healing, ….. our spirit man has got to be thoroughly fed to the extent that when it is put in the two thirds portion, it gives off performance commensurate to the author of life. Because once the spirit is fed and renewed, it aligns the soul (mental-emotional part of you) to go in its direction and the body has no choice but to submit.

You cannot have yourself listen certain music, feed your eyes to dark things whenever you are alone, engage in un wholesome confessions which things feed into your spirit and think to yourself I ‘garrit’ under control; you only fool yourself and it will be evident who is driving your car when faced with one of life’s challenges.

I may be wrong but don’t nobody burst my bubble, it doesn’t matter in which car you put Barry or my brother Brian, they will outperform the car because they have fed themselves with knowledge on these cars through study so they know at which terrain, surface or at which speed to overtake, at which weight it attains stability, traction … these cars perform best. Once they are behind the wheel, the car no choice but to perform to maximum.

Is it the spirit, soul or body that is accelerating your car? It matters who is driving if you are to get to the place called victorious living. If the body accelerates your car, it is certain you are headed for death; likewise if the soul hits the accelerator not only will you be unfruitful, your performance will also be limited. Therefore the spirit must drive at all times.

For how can we adore God, relate and connect with Him, have spiritual strength outside the spirit? God is spirit, and those who worship Him MUST worship in Spirit and truth – John 4:24

 

 

Step into the Assessors office!

queing up For our children, siblings, … the yearlong education journey for that class is coming to an end soon. Will I get promoted or not, …? This is that time when you start to think about how it’s all going to go down! You imagine the journey back home, will I take a taxi, walk back…. Even the 10km walk that you have grudgingly taken daily … the journey back seems short. All of a sudden, you wonder why the angels lifted you today and to the desk of your master the assessor!

For those who have especially gone through the Ugandan system, can relate quite well; in my case the term is about to end, we are less than quarter mile away in the queue leading up to our assessor’s office where we all get hear promoted, advised to repeat, course work missing, dismissed, …. well done good and faithful servant.  I am standing next to the notice board I see my name on the “see me” assessors list. As I approach the office, there’s a long queue which I joined and many others followed behind me. While in the queue I can hear prayers being offered as if that will change a thing, stomachs calling out, sweat peeping never mind that it’s a cold afternoon… the killer for me was standing two classmates in front of me is one of us having a cast on both arms citing broken bones! I could swear, I saw him 2 hours ago waving is hands in the air….. then it dawns on me the assessor is not a joke!!

As if in chorus the mobiles phones give off an uncoordinated melody and, the announcement is made from inside the office, “please check your phones, so you know what to expect when you enter the office”. As I read it, for a moment I could not feel my legs, one of my assignments was missing, I looked around me to gauge and try to figure out the messages my friends had received …. some decided to leave, I wondered why some had fainted, others were sweating profusely …. Some had red eyes it wasn’t clear if that wind had blown hard in their eyes, at that time it was hard to tell what was going down in people’s minds. This was not like the bank queue’s where no one would let you go past them ….the kindness we read about in the bible was in play, I could feel the love when one of peers motioned me to go in front of him right next to the door. I declined for obvious reasons.

My friend with casts on both arms got in and cited broken hands; I thought he was quite clever. It was laughable, because I could swear every one  of us behind him had a light bulb moment for a second of course until ……. The assessors empathised with him and asked him to verbally summarise the last three quarters assignments since his mouth was not in casts……

I will be back on 16th Dec to tell you about my fate after the two people in front of me!

Where is my PULPIT?

Pulpit.jpg In this day where the pulpit is defining titles or is it the other way round I wonder if we know that every man has a pulpit!

To every one of us God has given a gift, passions, a talent, purpose ….  all to bring glory to His name. These various gifts in the diversity of the body are to bring unity and wholeness to the body of Christ, our nation and the world at large. We do not all have to fight for the ‘Sunday church pulpit’ to make an impact, transform a life or even testify of the goodness of the Lord

I recently sat under a man who dissected the topic of management challenge with knowledge, wisdom and a lot of understanding; I guess it came from experience and having tried out different things to see what best fit. I was left with no doubt that he was good at what he did and he no doubt had converts, disciples, transformation stories and testimonies. Prior to that, I had met two gentlemen in the financial sector both inclined to helping businesses thrive and have better financial management they’ve done it so well year in year out and have come to realise that these are their pulpits where their congregations sit, glean, blossom …. boom multiplication effect!

As a member of body of Christ, what is your area of strength? This is because right there is your pulpit to preach and change the world. We are all called to different pulpits because of the different abilities that God has blessed us with through His spirit. 1 Cor 12 speaks about unity in diversity and all this being in the One body, which is of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“For as the body is one and has many members, but all members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ….. For in fact the body is not one member but many.” [1 Cor 12: 12 – 14]. We may not all be pastors, teachers, apostles  or even have any of those titles, ….. but a singer, a manager, a leader, scientist, nutritionist, a waiter, road sweeper …… none of it is less honourable than the other because glory and honour is the sound that should resonate in the body of Christ when you stand where He has given you the skill, knowledge and wisdom to effect change. It is from that place where your passion is or your heart beats, where you are excelling in knowledge, serving, …. that you will find your congregation to preach to in order to edify the whole body of Christ. It is in that space you will say, I have found my pulpit.

For some, let us not become like that servant who was given one talent and did not cause it to multiply but rather buried it! And for others, stop looking very far waiting for that one day when you will become eloquent enough for the ‘Sunday Church pulpit’ to deliver a sermon; because for that talent which God has given you is the entire pulpit you will ever need to preach, deliver that sermon and see conversion, transformation and disciples. The world is waiting for you and me outside the church building and beyond the ‘Church pulpit’ to ‘preach’. When we have found our pulpit, we will be preaching from a place of intimacy with the most High knowing well that whatever He has blessed you with is for His glory.

It is then that, when you find your pulpit, the principle core values which is the Word of God do not change because ultimately it is His pulpit to bring the desired change through you and me.

Whatever you do, do it unto the Lord to make a kingdom difference.